“It’s been a lifetime…”

Before The Dawn – Judas Priest (1978) Audio Fidelity 24k FLAC 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Before The Dawn” was released on Judas Priest’s fifth studio album, Killing Machine, in November 1978. “Before The Dawn” has always been one of my absolute top favorite rock and roll ballads and this video is an update for one of the first videos I ever made: https://youtu.be/OVMiki-oApA

I attempted to follow my challenge for updates and always to try and keep some of the older elements in place while upgrading for higher resolution and better effect, so that at least some parts of the original remained intact…in this case not much came across but a couple of images and the old, simple cloud/fog effect that I tried to use back then (much more subdued here, but in higher resolution).

This version also sources a flac audio track from Audio Fidelity’s 24k release of the album which was remastered by Steve Hoffman….it’s a great sounding track, and I touched the volume level just enough to keep under any clipping.

Killing Machine was re-titled Hell Bent for Leather for US release, as the US branch of Columbia/CBS did not like the “murderous implications” of the album title. “The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)” an early Fleetwood Mac cover, was added to the running order in the US. The album saw Judas Priest head towards a more commercial style; however it did still contain the dark lyrical themes as heard in their previous albums. At about the same time, the band members adopted their now-famous “leather-and-studs” image.

This is the first Judas Priest album where Glenn Tipton incorporated the guitar technique of tapping into his soloing style. This is also the final album for drummer Les Binks who had joined the band in late 1977 for the recording of Stained Class, he is credited with helping develop the traditional Priest percussive sound.

With Killing Machine, Judas Priest began moving to a more accessible, commercial format that abandoned the complex, fantasy-themed songs of their previous three albums. While this album still had dark undertones, it was more grounded in realism. This was reflected in their change of stage costumes from flowing Gothic robes to leather, but also may have been inspired by the rising punk and New Wave movements. Glenn Tipton said in a contemporary interview that “I believe we are part of the New Wave. After all, we’re fast, aggressive and exciting, which is what it’s all about.” Tracks such as “Burnin’ Up” and “Evil Fantasies” are replete with S&M themes while “Running Wild” is about late-night partying and “Before the Dawn” a depressing ballad. “Hell Bent for Leather” reflected their newly adopted leather costumes as well as Rob Halford’s soon-to-be-trademark entrances on stage in a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The single “Take on the World” was an attempt at producing a stadium shoutalong tune in the mould of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, and was also covered by New Wave band The Human League on their 1980 tour.

If the lyrics were simplified a bit from the band’s previous albums and adapted more into mainstream arena rock, the instruments retained their characteristic aggressiveness with heavier guitar riffing and elements of blues influence returned on some songs. The album is certified gold by the RIAA. Finally, the production of Killing Machine was markedly improved from Judas Priest’s earlier albums, which were criticized for having excessively flat sound, and would be further refined for their next and breakthrough album, British Steel.

The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added (three in the UK). The bonus track “Fight for Your Life” was the “original” version of Judas Priest’s “Rock Hard Ride Free” from their Defenders of the Faith album. “The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)” is considered a bonus track on the UK remaster, but a regular track on the US version.

In 2010, audiophile label Audio Fidelity released a limited-edition 24-karat gold CD of the album. Mastering was done by Steve Hoffman. This does not contain the bonus tracks from the 2001 edition.

[Lyrics]
Before the dawn, I hear you whisper
In your sleep “Don’t let the morning take him”
Outside the birds begin to call
As if to summon up my leaving

It’s been a lifetime since I found someone
Since I found someone who would stay
I’ve waited too long, and now you’re leaving
Oh please don’t take it all away

It’s been a lifetime since I found someone
Since I found someone who would stay
I’ve waited too long, and now you’re leaving
Oh please don’t take it all away

Before the dawn, I hear you whisper
In your sleep “Don’t let the morning take him”

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